The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

September 25, 2017

On September 25, 2017, the USPTO will host a public meeting to report out on the comments to the TTAB’s Request for Comments on possible streamlined version of cancellation proceedings on grounds of abandonment and non-use, for which the comment period closed on August 14. Additionally, the TTAB...

September 25, 2017

Intellectual Property is right for many businesses. But is it right for yours? Attend a panel of some of Denver's notable up-and-coming entrepreneurs and USPTO Regional Director, Molly Kocialski. Come prepared to listen to years of experience and perspective in this interactive session with our...

September 26, 2017

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U. S. Patent and Trademark Office as we participate in the 17th Annual Great Lakes Women's Business Conference on September 26, 2017. Information about patents, trademarks, copyrights, and resources for small businesses will be available at our resource...

September 26, 2017

Register Now Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we welcome startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs to the Michigan State University Innovation Center in East Lansing, Michigan for a half day workshop on intellectual property. This free event will provide...

September 26, 2017

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent...

September 26, 2017

From the very early on in the startup lifecycle, frequently high on the mind of a founder is his or her funding and/or exit strategy. In many cases, a successful exit is contingent upon the solid foundation that a well-thought-out intellectual property (IP) portfolio affords. In addition to...

September 27, 2017

The Patent and Trademark Resource Center at the University of Michigan Library is pleased to announce that the Commissioner for Trademarks from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mary Boney Denison , will be visiting on September 27, 2017. Commissioner Denison will be providing news and...

September 27, 2017

USPTO Attorney Advisor Jenny Blank will provide an overview of trade secrets and the laws that govern them, with an emphasis on the needs and concerns of businesses. The program will address considerations in deciding the best form of protection for your intellectual property, to ensure your trade...

September 27, 2017

Join us at the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a resource program in support of the 4th annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for K-12 Students. The Congressional App Challenge runs through November 1, 2017 and encourages K-12 students to create their own apps. The...

September 28, 2017

Dr. Christal Sheppard, Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be attending the 2017 Midwest IP Institute. While there, she will provide an overview of pilot projects and a status update on the USPTO and Midwest Regional Office. The 2017 Midwest IP...

News & Updates

March 8, 2017 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for…

January 9, 2017 USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory…

December 12, 2016 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

October 14, 2016 USPTO Seeks Further Public Input on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that as part of its effort to solicit input from the public regarding the legal contours of patent subject matter eligibility, it will be holding two roundtables, one in November and…

September 30, 2016 USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Patent Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking(link is external) (NPRM) proposing to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees…

September 29, 2016 USPTO Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative…

September 27, 2016 USPTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Challenge Winners

Washington— The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the winners of the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge. The challenge was launched by the USPTO in August as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which aims to speed up…